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Hello California

    (Bikini and Cover-up c/o Tigerlily, Pour la Victoire sandals, Milor Italy ring, LowLuv ring, Vanessa Mooney bracelet)

    So I'm back in California and loving every minute of it! And check out my TAN. ohemgee right? Well, it's totally fake. For the second time in my life, I got a spray tan, but only because I had a summer photoshoot and needed to get rid of my vampyness. I was terrified to be honest. All I could think was "OMG I'M GONNA LOOK LIKE SNOOKI AND CAN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE FOR A WEEK" Anyways, it was a lot more pleasant than I thought. I went in, was given a disposable thong...imagine, a DISPOSABLE THONG...I nearly laughed out loud when I saw it, but the spray tan was soon over with, and yes, I got to take the darn thing home. WIN. Just kidding. Anyways, I'm kind of liking this look! It actually looks really good on the beach and in my bikini! I've suddenly got some definition in my legs! Anyways, I spent my afternoon at Newport Beach. I was in the area, working on a very special project that (which I'll tell you about very soon!) The weather couldn't have been more perfect. I definitely missed the cool, breezy air of the California coast while I was in NYC. A bikini and beach coverup can easily become my daily outfit here! I'm obsessed with the laid back beach culture and so this afternoon was perfect. Only weird part of the day? Getting approached by these young boys who traveled here from Oregon for the first time. They wanted to take a photo with me...which was TOTALLY AWKWARD, but they turned out to be pretty cool dudes just overly excited to be in Cali and see a girl with a pretty rad spray tan :)

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Through the West Village

    (Hallelu blouse, Hudson Jeans, Velvetine bag, Dolce Vita boots from Helianthus)

    So yeah, I do sometimes walk around the city in crazy monster shoes (stil have my flats on hand though). I got these bad boys at a cute little boutique in New York called Helianthus. I met the owner and she's probably the sweetest person ever. It's one adorable little shop on Spring Street I always make sure to pop into whenever I'm in Soho. They've pretty much got everything I need this time of year. Amazing jeans, blouses, and shorts...all of which have been life recently. With the intense heat and humidity, I've been keeping my wardrobe purely simple. I've been playing around with colored denim and prints to keep myself and wardrobe slightly entertaining. I pretty much want it to be fashion week and then, of course fall, where I can layer and have a bit more fun! Summer is UGH, kind of a bore to me right now. I think it's time for a change in season HELLO! Already have so many new pieces to bring back to NYC that I'm dying to show you! Right now, I'm trying to just take it easy here in LA in between work by catching up with friends and taking advantage of the beautiful beach weather you only get here in California. I just know that when I fly back to NYC after Labor Day, things are going to get pretty crazy! Still scared to look at my calendar for September. Anways, Cali posts to come my friends!!

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Avoiding Puddles

    (White + Warren jacket, Blue Bird blouse, Hallelu shorts, Bloch flats, Vanessa Mooney jewelry, Moni Moni bag)

    Here I am with my new NYC accessory, a gigantic black umbrella. Sometimes the little compact ones just don't do the trick! Once again, we had some major rain, and UGHH, the hurricane is going to really hit my east coasters and I couldn't feel more scared! I just want the storm to pass already! I am currently writing from the my home in California. I flew back this morning for work this week. I had an 8:30am flight. Looking at JFK's schedule, it was probably the only hour NOT cancelled due to Irene. If I didn't book this early flight I would have most likely been stuck in NYC until Tuesday! So yes, I've been really lucky!! Already missing all the east coast love though! Here I am, snapped in the lower east side by my good friend Claire, on the way to our favorite Malaysian food restaurant NYONYA. We're hooked. You've got to try the Roti Canai and warm purple pudding! INSANE. Anyways, for this evening out and about, avoiding large puddles in my ballet flats, I just threw on my favorite cargo jacket over an all cream ensemble. A little sheer, a little lace, and my signature...a hot red lip.

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A Crazy Week of Fun and Food

    At the Anthropologie event in head to toe Anthropologie, playing around with their Fall '11 pieces!! I'm obsessed with these high waisted cords!! What do you think? I'm so excited for FALL! Btw, thanks to everyone who voted this look as winner! It will be featured on soon!

    Day or night, I'm always up for Saigon Shack on Macdougal in Greenwich!

    I love Claire Geist! Love how she's totally checking out my Emily Cho bag ;)

    At the Doc Marten's "First and Forever" event in Soho! I'm obsessed with all the kicks!

    oh hey Kim!

    Ippolita event sporting a gorgeous Ippolita choker necklace!

    Always a good one to end a night at 2 Bros. A buck fifty. Doesn't get better than that!

    So I had another one of those weeks, EVENTS EVENTS EVENTS and realllyyy good FOOD FOOD FOOD. I have no idea why but the other week there were so many fun events going on! Best part of all? All of my good friends with blogs were also invited. We kicked off our week at the Anthropologie showroom, playing stylist with all the new fall '11 pieces, all while getting a complete sugar high. Cake pops, CHOCOLATE, ohhh my. Then I spotted those high-waisted brown cords and nearly dropped. They were perfect. Right now, I'm obsessed with the flare high waist. Super 70's, Jane Birkin, and all around amazing. Got a bit of sleep before our early morning brunch with Doc Marten's. To launch their "First and Forever" campaign, guests went around and told their "firsts" stories! I wish I got a chance to go speak, but time was running out, and I was going to tell a pee story...yeah, I'm pretty glad I didn't get a chance to share! I did pick out a pair of awesome boots that I can't wait for to arrive. I've always been a huge fan of those Doc's soles. I feel like I'm walking on air in those! Super comfy. Ended the week at a last minute showing of Ippolita jewelry. It was stunning! How gorgeous is that silver choker? I need more pretty jewelry in my life! Oh, and yes, I've been eating the best food. Anything from $1 pizza to Vietnamese chow always hits the spot!

A Magical Night

    (Volcom tee, Vintage trousers, Wanted flats, Moni Moni handbag)

    I swear New York is magical at night. One of my favorite things to do after the sun sets is walk the Brooklyn Bridge. I always prefer to walk anywhere in the city rather than take the subway. And the views from the bridge are absolutely stunning. Literally, I will never get tired of seeing the endless clusters of light from either end of the bridge. It's one place I make sure to take my friends to when they visit me. My sister was in town and so we made our regular visit to my favorite Vietnamese Sandwich joint in Greenwich before head to Washington Square Park, which always seems to have something fun to see every night (talk about beating congas and dancing!). Ending the night with a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge seemed like the only healthy option that night after that meal hehe! Now it's become our ritual. To make life easy, I wore one of my favorite tees by Volcom. This is another piece I guiltily wear to bed and go out in! It's just so soft, comfy, and has the greatest dolman shape and side pocket. I wore it with vintage trousers and of course my night staple, a dark vampy plum lip. Just a little something easily thrown together for a perfect night in the city.

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Weekend Industries

    (American Apparel denim shirt, Cotton On tee, J Brand denim shorts, 80%20 shoes, Sienna Ray bag, Milor Italy jewerly)

    There are some days when I just want to throw on an easy pair of denim shorts. There is no fuss, and seriously, you can never go wrong is with a cool pair of denim cut-offs. To go with it, I threw on a big button down shirt with rolled up sleeves. This is one of my favorite weekend looks. To make this denim short/ boyfriend shirt combo a bit more me, I opted for this amazing purple hue instead of the usual blue denim and slipped into another summer staple of mine, a striped cotton tee. I'm all for showing a bit of leg, especially in the summer, when everyone is so toned from being outside and walking miles nearly everyday! If you're getting a Brooklyn "industrial" vibe from this look, it's because we snapped these photos in DUMBO, one of the most industrial areas of Brooklyn filled with artists and painters. This is a look I could literally roll out of bed in and hit the streets...with no care of getting dirty.

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Timeless on a Rainy Day

    (Blue Bird blouse, By Corpus skirt, Glamyou shoes)

    One thing I'm beginning to get used to on the East Coast: the massive amounts of unexpected showers. And of course, right after I lose my umbrella, which was already broken to begin with, NYC begins to cry it's eyes out! But I actually love the rain. The city gets a bit cooler and the next day always seems a bit more fresh. I'm still waiting for my rain boots to be delivered(which I'm super stoked about), and so I've been going around in completely inappropriate shoes for this weather for the time being. Inappropriate, but still amazing, flat leather oxfords. Also known as, MAN SHOES. Once again, inspired by the boys strolling the city in similar type shoes, looking all comfy and casual. So jealous, I had to get a few pairs of my own! These are European made and literally feel like socks. The leather is superb and I love the unexpected blue shade. For my day out running with no luck in avoiding the endless amounts of puddles, I went with one very classic, SUPER simple look. I felt very Audrey Hepburn. Black and white with timeless shapes. This is one look I could probably grow old in and still look totally chic.

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